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Apple 2015 MacBook: Between laptop and tablet
Posted on 28-Apr-2015 09:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this month I took the MacBook on the road for a reporting job. Here’s what I learnt: Apple’s newest laptop isn’t a MacBook Air. It just goes by the name MacBook — a pared down name for a pared down computer. It uses technologies and techniques Apple learnt from making the iPhone and the […] Comments (Comments)

Braintree announces expansion into New Zealand
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 20:47Tags News, Web media

Less than two months after announcing plans for an APAC launch into Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, the company announced its expansion into New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Wellington Tech Hub one step closer
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 20:22Tags News, Web media

The go-to place for Wellington's innovative tech community to connect, collaborate and generate new and exciting ideas is a step closer with the establishment of a Tech Hub by Wellington City Council. Comments (Comments)

Intel Compute Stick available through channels now
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 20:18Tags News, Computing

The Intel Compute Stick, a new pocket-sized computer based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor running Windows 8.1 with Bing, is available now through Intel Authorized Dealers for much of the world. Comments (Comments)

Joint venture between RHAANZ and Wireless Nation to bring broadband access to more rural communities
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 13:52Tags News, Broadband

Rural communities will soon have unparalleled access to the internet thanks to a new partnership between Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) and ISP Wireless Nation. Comments (Comments)

CLOUD M launches its Blerter business app for the Apple Watch
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 13:49Tags News, Mobile

Health and safety app Blerter will be available on Apple's wearable Apple Watch at launch. Comments (Comments)

Zomato and Uber announce global tie-up to provide enhanced experience to diners
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 13:43Tags News, Web media

Zomato, a global restaurant search and discovery app, and Uber have announced a partnership that will help both products bring more to their users across the globe. Comments (Comments)

The Warehouse and announce partnership
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 13:40Tags News, Web media is building a small family of corporate partnerships with New Zealand companies focused on connecting more closely with and enhancing their local communities. Comments (Comments)

Mobile app Postr brings news, deals and weather to lock screens
Posted on 24-Apr-2015 13:26Tags News, Web media

Postr is rolling out new features to its lock screen app that enable users to browse news, weather and deals without having to unlock their mobile phone. Comments (Comments)

Local businesses concerned about online threats according to MYOB survey
Posted on 23-Apr-2015 14:51Tags News, Security

Losing access to data, having business information hacked and even snooping foreign governments are among the concerns of local SMEs expressed in the latest MYOB Digital Nation report. Comments (Comments)

Ross Patterson: NZ private sector fibre beats Australian publicly funded NBN
Posted on 23-Apr-2015 09:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CommsDay reports on comments by former telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson: New Zealand’s private sector-led approach to its fast broadband deployment is far more likely to achieve a successful outcome than Australia’s publicly funded NBN model. Patterson, now a partner at legal firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts told delegates at the CommsDay Summit in Sydney there […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 225 in London: Apple Watch, Game of Thrones, Huawei P8
Posted on 22-Apr-2015 18:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From London Paul Spain joins Glenn Williams to discuss Apple Watch, Game of Thrones distribution challenges, coming smartphones (Huawei P8, LG G4), CallPlus-Slingshot sale to Australia’s M2 and some interesting UK topics. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Glenn Williams (@radiowammo). Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: […] Comments (Comments)

NZ SMEs say technology has no business impact
Posted on 22-Apr-2015 18:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“Nearly one third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology has had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next five years.” — 2015 Westpac Grow New Zealand survey From Many NZ SMEs say technology has no impact on their business | […] Comments (Comments)

Open Source Open Society 2016: Sign me up
Posted on 21-Apr-2015 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

As a journalist I spend a lot of time in conferences. There’s often a sense of déjà vu. The same faces, topics and speakers show up time after time. Even the same food. It’s not unusual to recognise recycled PowerPoint slides or even an entire presentation from a previous event. Powerpoint slides are never old […] Comments (Comments)

Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015
Posted on 20-Apr-2015 10:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Few conferences range as wide as the Open Source Open Society 2015 event held in Wellington last week. The material was surprisingly accessible to non-specialists considering this was a two-day event that filled the Michael Fowler Centre with software developers. You can read more in-depth stories about #OSOS2015 sessions elsewhere, here are ten lessons that […] Comments (Comments)

How open source grew up
Posted on 19-Apr-2015 14:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In the late 1990s and early 2000s I worked for Australian Linux Today. At that time open source was a vibrant, yet immature, market. Visiting the Open Source Open Society 2015 conference in Wellington this week was like watching someone else’s child who you knew as a smart but awkward teenager, transformed into a smart, professional […] Comments (Comments)

Where open data meets open government…
Posted on 18-Apr-2015 18:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology is the easy part of building an open society. Deal with the human side of the problem is much tougher. Social enterprise expert Kate Beecroft moderated a panel at Open Source Open Society looking at how open data can lead to a more open style of government. Laura O’Connell Rapira, campaigns director at ActionStation, […] Comments (Comments)

How to run or join a hackathon
Posted on 17-Apr-2015 17:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A breakout session at Open Source Open Society 2015 lead by GovHackNZ organiser Mike Riversdale gave participants a quick taste of what to expect from a hackathon. Government hackathons are now regular events in New Zealand and Australia. There are plans to hold them this year in Auckland, Wellington, Whangarei and Dunedin. Riversdale says despite the […] Comments (Comments)

Using Microsoft apps and services on your Android? More likely than you think
Posted on 17-Apr-2015 14:06Tags News, Android

Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories, including productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. Comments (Comments)

When to choose closed or open source
Posted on 17-Apr-2015 09:31Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Open source has many advantages, but it isn’t always the right approach. At the Open Source Open Society 2025 conference in Wellington delgates discussed when projects should be closed and when open source is best. …it all depends on the circumstances GitHub head of open source Brandon Keepers says: “In an ideal world everything would […] Comments (Comments)

Decision makers ignore technology impact
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 15:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Most of America’s lawmakers still don’t use email. As Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute says, that means the people making important decisions about how Americans use technology have no idea what is going on in that world. Meinrath was a keynote speaker at the Open Source Open Society 2015 conference in Wellington. […] Comments (Comments)

New Unisys app enables provisioning of IT Services on Microsoft Azure
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 14:20Tags News, SaaS

New application is among first to enable ServiceNow users to automate IT resource provisioning on Azure; two more new Unisys applications draw on ServiceNow platform to streamline logistics and facilities operations. Comments (Comments)

Open is about more than transparency
Posted on 16-Apr-2015 11:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“Share and share alike” is the message parents drum into children. But once they grow up and move out into the wider world, the shutters start to come down. We’re trained to be closed. Dave Lane, president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, says that explains the discomfort people find when they first encounter […] Comments (Comments)

Xero on iPad — the first month
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 09:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Xero broke the mould when it put accounting software in the cloud. Now, thanks to the iPad app released last month, tablet owners can get the most out of the software. How did Xero break the mould? First, it showed accounting works well in the cloud. It turns out accounting software works better in the […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company Transfercar selected for Silicon Valley startups accelerator
Posted on 15-Apr-2015 08:47Tags News, Web media

Auckland-based Transfercar is one of only 30 companies chosen from thousands of applicants worldwide to take part in the a four-month programme. Comments (Comments)

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